Certification Maintenance

Everything you need to know about maintaining your CDE® certification.

Credit Portfolio Update

You can upload your portfolio in PDF format directly to CDECB when you apply to maintain your CDE® designation. When you download and save with your application, you will not need to submit a hard copy of the original to CDECB, unless CDECB requests it during the verification process. Your portfolio can be split into a maximum of two PDF documents for easy uploading.

CDE®/ÉAD® certification designation is valid for a period of 5 years. As long as a CDE® is registered with a regulatory body in Canada as a health professional and has a current CDE® designation they are eligible to perform Certification Maintenance to renew their certification for another 5 years. Certification Maintenance may be done by either:

1) Writing and passing the CDE® exam.
2) Applying for and meeting the requirements of Certification Maintenance by Credit Portfolio.

The Certification Maintenance by Credit Portfolio (CM by CP) process recognizes the relevance of lifelong learning on professional development. It is based on a system of credits earned for professional development activities that either enhance competency or demonstrate professional leadership. e.g. attending a DC CSEM conference, reading a diabetes related peer reviewed journal, taking a diabetes related formal course. During your Credit Collection Period, you compile a portfolio by documenting these activities and related credits on the activity forms provided by CDECB.

To guide CDE®s through the process, the Credit Portfolio Committee produces a Credit Portfolio Handbook. This Handbook provides CDE®s details of the Credit Portfolio process, detailed information on the accepted activities and examples of completed forms.


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